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Matthew 8:22

“But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But Iesus said vnto him, Follow me, & let the dead, bury their dead.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Jesus *said to him, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Jesus said to him, Come after me; and let the dead take care of their dead.
- Basic English Bible

But Jesus said to him, Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.
- Darby Bible

But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
- Webster's Bible

Follow me, said Jesus, "and leave the dead to bury their own dead."
- Weymouth Bible

But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."
- World English Bible

But Jhesus seide to hym, Sue thou me, and lete deed men birie her deede men.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Jesus said to him, `Follow me, and suffer the dead to bury their own dead.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 8:22

8:22 But Jesus said - When God calls, leave the business of the world to them who are dead to God.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 8:22

Mt 8:22 Follow me. The highest of all duties, now discharged by becoming his disciple, obeying him and making his life our example. Let the dead bury their dead. Those spiritually dead will attend to the last rites of them who have died naturally.

Discussion for Matthew 8

  • Michael for verse 22
    John 14:6 Jesus said he is the way, the truth the light. His disciple having received and believing Christ to follow him has found the light and now has Salvation to Eternal Life through Jesus Christ... Jesus, talking about the dead burying the dead are those who are spiritually dead. Why? Matthew 4:16 confirms the people which sat in darkness saw great light and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. John 8:12 makes it clearer saying Jesus is the light of the world: he who follows him shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Meaning Any person who have not received Jesus Christ are spiritually dead because they are still living in the darkness of the world.
  • Michael for verse 20
    It is important that this is a reply to someone who is saying he wants to follow Jesus. The answer is meant to involve the human predicament as a whole - not just to express Jesus ' own position. It is a paradox because human beings have, in a material sense, better holes and nests than animals can have. But in a deeper, spiritual sense, we cannot be at home in this world. It means that we are in the world, but not of the world that if we are fully aware of ourselves as we truly are, we can never be fully at home in the world, as animals can be. The price of higher awareness is insecurity and unease. We truly belong only in a world beyond this one.
  • Preston for verse 20
    I think he is saying that human beings are subject to the impermanence of life. every where that we may lay our head is no longer there, we set our mind to something and then our mind moves to something else, we are constantly wandering. But this also means that unlike the animals, we can awaken to something deeper.
  • Insight 777
    Perhaps there is still another understanding of verses 21 and 22. Based on verse 12, the followers of Jesus, the children of the kingdom, the disciples, will be cast into outer darkness which means they will eventually die. Just being a disciple does not grant immortal life in this existence. The physical body can and will perish causing weeping by loved ones. When Jesus said in verse 22, follow me, that is to attain spiritual immortality. When he said let the dead bury the dead it may have been granting the disciple permission to put his father in the grave as the physical body is always on its journey to the grave.
  • Caleb McCormick for verse 34
    So Jesus wouldnt see what was going on behind the walls, the sin, the evil that allowed the demons to enter the men in the first palce.
  • Richard for verse 7
    Jesus is the healer.No matter the sickness

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